By Frank Herbert
Ace, 9780441172719, 1990, 896pp.
The Short of It:
I really enjoyed the world-building in this classic.
The Rest of It:
Here’s my disclaimer. I read this book during all of my kidney issues so I was often in a haze of pain while reading. BUT, even with all of that going on I enjoyed this story so much. I just can’t remember the finer details so I’ll try my best.
“Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family tasked with ruling an inhospitable world where the only thing of value is the “spice” melange, a drug capable of extending life and enhancing consciousness. Coveted across the known universe, melange is a prize worth killing for….” ~ Indiebound
I loved the characters that Herbert created. Paul is a charming lad, wise beyond his years and his love for his mother is what stands out here. Paul’s potential as a leader and his mother’s dedication to preserve his life at all costs is so genuine and sweet. The dry land, the search for every drop of water available, and the sand that surrounds them creates a dangerous climate.
This is classic sci-fi and holds up very well. I picked it up because I was interested in the new movie but wanted to read the book first. As it stands, I have yet to see the movie but I doubt it can be as good as the book. I say, read the book.
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